Friday, July 20, 2007

Casio creates camera for YouTube video enthusiasts and Ebay sellers

I think these product offerings are particularly interesting because they address a particular market usage of the output rather than just output in standard formats. However, I am a little skeptical of the higher-end output that a semi-pro would demaind. I couldn't find any reviews yet for this particular model camera that included actual image evaluation but other Casio cameras released this year have customer comments that complain of noise and distortion using the zoom. Not a good trade-off. But, maybe Casio made improvements with these models. I'll have to keep an eye out for a comprehensive review up at - sort of my gold standard for camera reviews.

"Posting a note on an Internet forum is simple. Uploading a video to YouTube isn’t. Matching a video you have shot to YouTube’s requirements for file size, running time, resolution and file format often takes some fiddling with video editing software. And loading most camcorder videos into that computer takes as long as playing them.

Two still cameras from Casio may help change that. The Exilim EX-S880 and EX-Z77 shoot YouTube-compatible videos that can be uploaded quickly, without even pausing to load them onto your computer’s hard drive. This is accomplished by using the included YouTube Uploader software, which also lets you add tags and other information to each video.

Both cameras also have an eBay mode that shoots 2-megapixel stills, just the right size for eBay sellers. Maximum resolution is 8.1 megapixels for the EX-S880 ($299.95) and 7.2 megapixels for the EX-Z77 ($229.95).

Both models have 3X zoom lenses, face detection and electronic antishake systems that work even in video mode."

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